Beyond the BackyardLake Morton

Father Goose’s Teenagers

Regular readers of my blog may remember Father Goose from about a month ago. He’s the goose at Lake Morton that befriends Muscovy ducklings and helps protect them as they grow up. A month ago, this is how he looked with his adopted family…

Well, these days he’s looking after teenagers. While I was there on Sunday, I didn’t see Mama Duck anywhere, but Father Goose was still sticking close to his babies. They’ve grown so much! They’ve gone from little fuzzballs to almost-full-size Muscovies.

Father Goose must be so proud! It’s very hard to raise young ducklings — they are such easy prey to a variety of predators. If only every family of ducks had a Father Goose!